If you’re as lazy an SOB as I am, you really need to be held accountable. At times, I’ll use the most pathetic excuses to blow off a run or cut it short.
We’ve all been there; the schedule calls for a 12 mile training run that seems unattainable. So what do we do? We let doubt creep in the window of our mind like flying pig bird coming to amputate our arm…maybe that’s the wrong analogy, but I digress. We overthink it, make a mountain out of a mole hill. Next thing you know, 12 miles turns into 6 and you’re leaving the run disappointed instead of high on life.
When you’re in a group, two things happen. One, when you miss a run you’re not just breaking a deal with yourself, you’re breaking a deal with your friends. Two, it’s a lot easier to show up when you get to hang out with your friends. Running stops being exercise and starts being a time where you can shoot the shit with your friends while you sweat.